St. Leonards

St. Leonards by Albert Goodwin, RWS, 1845-1932. RA 1900. Signed, inscribed and dated 1908. Water colour: 17 1/2 x 22 inches.

Commentary by Christopher Newall

St. Leonard's demonstrates the level of technical and visual sophistication that Albert Goodwin achieved. His objective in the water colour is to give a sense of aerial perspective; both his purpose and his solution owe much to his study of Turner. No compositional support is required to allow the viewer to feel the expanse of wet sand that forms the vast triangular foreground to the drawing. The modulation of colour within this area, combined with a density of glistening texture, allows the eye to perceive the area as a flat expanse on the basis of abstract visual information.

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Smith, Hammond. Albert Goodwin. London: 1977.

Created 13 August 2001; last modified 23 December 2014